30 01 2012

I was thoughtless. I didn’t mean to say it, but the words came tumbling out of my mouth. At first it all seemed very reasonable and kind of funny, but watching the moment unfold revealed a different truth. Someone was hurt by what I said. In justifying myself, I stepped on another’s heart.

Pride is a funny thing. We think of a larger-than-life swagger, hogging the spotlight, and big boasts as the stuff pride is made of. And sometimes it is. But the heart of pride is the need to see myself as just a little bit better than you. Almost without realizing it, we constantly measure ourselves against each other. How do I rank? Am I better or worse? Can they see my faults? Inevitably we find someone about whom we finally breathe a sigh of relief. At least I’m not like them….and pride scores a point.

Here is the deal. Pride will always have a hold on my heart if I measure myself against you. Jesus is the standard. He is the measure of all things that are true, holy, right, and just. It doesn’t matter what you have done. It doesn’t matter what I have done. We all need grace. I can try to justify my lying, rationalize my boasting, or excuse my unkindness, but in the end, I am no better or worse than you and your sin. We are all in the same boat. We need a Savior who will cover us both with His mercy and love.

My Jesus Resolution today is to remember my own deep need for grace. I don’t want to be filled with pride. I want praise to flow from my interactions with others. Instead of silently comparing myself to someone else, I am going to talk about the ways that God is at work in both of us. I want to see the opportunities to extend grace, demonstrate mercy, exercise love, and spotlight compassion. Pride has “I” in the middle. Jesus is all about “us.”



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